We live in a culture of followers.
We follow social media accounts, TV shows, movie franchises, fashion trends, peers, pop culture, and much more. Whether or not we realize it, we’re being influenced by what we follow.
We sit through a movie without thinking twice about how the inappropriate elements might be affecting us.
We buy trendy clothes without considering if they’re modest or not.
We begin talking and walking like our friends, even though it compromises how we should talk and walk as Christians.
Before we know it, we find ourselves running after messages and imitating people that don’t value what God says is good and right.
As daughters of the King, we need to constantly ask ourselves: Am I following truth?
daughter = truth follower
Remember what we talked about in episode 1? We easily forget Whose we are. Daughters of the King. Set free from our old, sinful selves and made new by the Truth: Jesus Christ. He is truth with a capital T (2 Corinthians 5:17, John 14:6).
Following Christ means choosing one path and one path only–admitting we naturally choose sin and are unworthy, but responding to the Gospel by surrendering to Jesus in repentance and faith. Trusting that He is the only Way, the only Truth, and the only Life.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matt. 16:24-25)
As daughters of the King, we know the Truth: that following Christ alone is literally the only source of true, lasting, unexplainable joy and salvation!
the truth and nothing but the truth
Truth isn’t relative; it doesn’t fluctuate with trends or change person-to-person. But it’s too easy to forget that.
The world is saturated with ideas and messages vying for us to follow. Counterfeit truths quench our thirst for a little while–such as human approval, feel-good mantras, and entertainment which temporarily distract us. They look deceptively similar to the truth sometimes, but when we compare them with Scripture, we see they’re actually lies. Here are some examples:
Counterfeit truth: God made you beautiful and doesn’t want you to be ashamed of yourself. So show off your body–be proud of it. Show as much skin as you want!
Counterfeit truth: Follow your heart, it will lead you down the right path.
At first glance, counterfeit truths look awesome! But in the end, they point to our own hopeless, unfulfilling, sinful nature.
How do we stay strong in this battle?
fighting for truth
We’ve got a divided heart: our old sin-loving self is at war with our new Spirit-filled heart. This inward tug-of-war tries to influence who and what we follow. We can’t remain passive in this fight. We have to actively follow Jesus by spending intentional time in His Word, in prayer, and surrounding ourselves with people who are committed to the truth of the Gospel.
Sometimes following Jesus is joyful and doesn’t take much of a fight against our flesh. But other days, suffering, temptation, and weariness can cause us to feel horribly divided.
Psalm 86:11 is a powerful reminder when I feel that fight ensuing in my heart:
“Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.”
God is the One who drew us to Himself in the first place. He died for us and loved us long before we existed. As we cry out to Him in the face of this battle, He is faithful and will equip us.
He’ll teach us His way. He’ll walk us into His truth. He will unite our divided hearts. He will give us the good fear of God which leads to joy and freedom.
Let’s walk in obedience. Let’s walk in the joy that only Jesus holds.
Let’s follow truth.
Let’s chat below!
- What worldly things or people do you find yourself being influenced by?
- What’s at least one counterfeit truth that you tend to believe? Maybe this is about what true beauty, sexuality, relationships, and worth look like. Find one or two verses that combat that lie with the truth of God’s Word.